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Survey says: The more they know, the more they like IRV

October 12, 2006

Minneapolis voters are getting to know Instant Runoff Voting. And the more they know, the more they like it. These are the results of a survey by FairVote Minnesota of 1,454 likely voters from September 25 to 27.

Of those who said they were somewhat familiar with Instant Runoff Voting, they answered "yes" to the question of how they would vote on the November ballot question by a 2-to-1 margin. That margin went up to 7-to-1 among an equal number of voters who said they are very familiar with the advanced voting method.

While that is encouraging for the prospects of the ballot measure, the survey also showed a large number of likely voters who had not yet heard about the voting method proposed for city elections. Understandably, they were largely undecided on how they would vote. 

When asked what the survey results mean for the campaign, Better Ballot Campaign Organizer Jeanne Massey said it shows that the voters are eager for this change once they know about it. The problem, she says, is that many more people need to learn about it in the next two weeks.

Volunteer Coordinator Eric Pusey said the campaign is distributing literature throughout the city and that more volunteers are needed every day through the election. Persons interested in volunteering can contact the campaign at info@betterballotcampaign.org or 651-503-3062.

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